This is a guest review written by my friend Kelly, aka WhimsyBeading.
I recently purchased the Boscia Super Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm after seeing it advertised in a “new arrivals” email from Sephora. It’s currently a Sephora exclusive product, which doesn’t bother me much, since I don’t need much of an excuse to visit my local Sephora! I was intrigued by an eye product in balm form, and the “super cool” part sounded right up my street since my eyes have been very dry and irritated lately. I figured I’d have little to lose, since I’m now over 35 and have never found my holy grail eye moisturizer product. My eyelids are so oily that putting additional moisturizers on my eyes have been much more hit than miss. Maybe the balm would be a good compromise between an eye cream and well, nothing.
The Website Claims:
A cooling and soothing balm that instantly de-puffs and revives tired eyes. Give your eyes an instant pick-me-up with this seven-peptide complex that helps diminish puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. The silky smooth formula glides on with super-cooling, light hydration and flawlessly blends under or over makeup. The formula of licorice root extract, a soothing antioxidant, nourishes and protects the delicate eye area and the blend of botanical oils provides sheer hydration.
This balm is preservative-free, dermatologist-tested, alcohol-free, pH balanced, free of animal testing and animal ingredients.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Stearate, Anhydroxylitol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, PEG-8 Dimethicone, PEG-150 Stearate, Dimethicone, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/ Stem Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Flower/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide -7, Potassium Alginate, Amino-Esters-1, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tropolone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Pearl Powder, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Menthyl Lactate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.
-Super-7-Peptide Complex: Inhibits loss of elasticity and subsequent eye-bag formation by preventing liquid accumulation, regulating cell activities, and repairing tissue.
-Licorice Root Extract: A soothing antioxidant that nourishes and protects the delicate eye area.
-Rose and Rosemary Oil: A blend of botanical oils that provide sheer hydration.
-Boscia’s Botanical Blend, including Jojoba Leaf and Willowherb: Prevents free-radical damage while nourishing skin, calming inflammation, and reducing visible redness and irritation.
$26 for .14 oz
So what do I think about the Super Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm after using it twice daily for two weeks? On the whole, I like it very much.
The “super cool” effect takes a little getting used to, since for me it’s not an instant effect, but something that takes a few minutes to really kick in. It’s not exactly a tingling feeling, like you might have with a cooling lip product; it feels more like an ice pack on your eyes. The effect lasts anywhere from five to ten minutes for me.
The balm isn’t terribly greasy, and it dries quickly enough that I can apply it right before I am putting on my morning moisturizing/oil control serum and by the time I’ve applied the serum, my eyelids are dry enough to apply eye shadow primer. As far as hydration goes, my eyelids do feel smoother, and when I’ve had dark circles under my eyes, the balm does help them to calm down before I put on my makeup.
On the downside, the product is very small for its $26 USD price tag. The tube itself is about two inches high, and the product inside is probably an inch and half tall, and an inch in diameter. I knew that part before I made my purchase, thanks to reading the Sephora reviews, but I decided to treat myself anyway. I’ve paid more for products that I didn’t like half as well, and with Sephora’s generous return policy, I felt like it was worth the risk. It’s definitely a product that I will re-purchase when the time comes.
Product purchased by Kelly. All opinions are her own. Thank you Kelly!